PAST ISSUE

October 2009

Cover Story:

For The Children's Place, Complexity Is Child's Play

10/07/2009 - Masha Zager

New collections of coordinated outfits appear in The Children's Place stores 50 times a year. Orchestrating the weekly arrival of styles from all over the world to nearly a thousand stores requires complex planning and state-of-the-art technology.

Editor's Note:

Little Brother is Watching You

10/08/2009 - Jordan K. Speer

As I write this in late September, martial law imposed in Honduras approaches its 39th hour, and I'm amazed at just how much the world has changed in so few years.

The Market:

Hipster Patriotism Fuels the Market

09/10/2009 -

No longer a "red state" phenomenon, a penchant for "Made in the USA" apparel is turning up everywhere, fueled by a desire for locally made products and heirloom-quality goods, as well as widespread jitters about the exodus of American jobs and the general state of the economy.

The Market: Briefs:

Islamic Fashion Receiving Heightened Interest

10/08/2009 -

Malaysian fashion designer Abang Saufi pioneers the movement with colorful creations.

Kellwood's XOXO Brand Relaunches E-Commerce Site

10/08/2009 -

The XOXO brand, owned by Kellwood, announced the re-launch of its e-commerce site XOXO.com.

Stylesight Launches Spanish Version of Trend Analysis, Forecasting Services

08/25/2009 -

Stylesight claims its service to be the first its kind to offer Spanish exclusively.

New Era Cap Acquires Apparel Maker 5th & Ocean

08/19/2009 -

Acquisition Helps New Era Expand Beyond Headwear

Hartmarx Sold, Saved From Liquidation

08/10/2009 -

Hartmarx, the venerable 125-year-old Chicago-based manufacturer of men's suits, was sold on Friday to London-based Emerisque Brands and SKNL North America BV of India.

Babies"R"Us Partners with Cynthia Rowley

08/07/2009 -

Babies"R"Us has added an exclusive collection of fashion-forward baby products by distinguished designer Cynthia Rowley to its growing assortment of differentiated merchandise offerings.

Amazon.com to Acquire Zappos.com

07/23/2009 -

Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares and assume all outstanding options and warrants of Zappos in exchange for approximately 10 million shares of Amazon common stock

Retail Intelligence: In Brief:

QuantiSense, Netezza To Partner For Retail Business Intelligence

09/03/2009 -

QuantiSense announced it will collaborate with Netezza to deliver a business intelligence and analytics application developed exclusively for the retail industry.

Cabela's Implements The Retail Equation's Revenue Optimization Solution

09/01/2009 -

The Retail Equation, a provider of retail transaction optimization solutions, announced it has completed an implementation of its solutions for Cabela's, the retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear.

Chico's FAS, In Wake Of Strong 2Q, Implements ATG's Live Help Solution

08/26/2009 -

Chico's reported improved overall sales during this recession, sparked in part by a dramatic jump in direct-to-consumers sales. Learn how Chico's plans to extend its partnership with ATG, and use ATG's eStara solution as part of its overall web strategy -- one designed to keep the momentum going.

Roots Chooses iCongo to Develop New Cross Channel Capabilities

08/11/2009 -

Canadian Lifestyle Brand Roots Chooses Dynamic Solution for Multi-Channel Commerce and Back Office Integration Functionalities

Redcats Taps Certona for Product Recommendations and Automated Merchandising

08/10/2009 -

Personalized product recommendations increase average order value, items per order, revenues

Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009 Emphasizes Customer Service and Cost Savings

08/03/2009 -

Microsoft Corp. has announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009, which it reports is a flexible, scalable solution that helps midmarket companies and specialty retailers provide outstanding customer service, drive employee productivity and make business decisions with confidence.

Online Retailers Focus on Checkout to Increase Sales

07/22/2009 -

 Companies Hope Shipping Changes Lower Cart Abandonment

Epicor Awarded PCI DSS Compliance Certification

07/21/2009 -

Epicor Software Corp. has announced that its Retail Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted solution has been awarded compliance status with the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard version 1.1.

Supply Chain: In Brief:

Unicraft Develops Stand for Long Bed Heavy Duty Sewing Machines

09/17/2009 -

Unicraft Corp., a Florida-based manufacturer of equipment for sewing and cutting rooms, has added the Three Pedal Heavy Duty Long Arm sewing machine stand to its line.

Affliction Clothing Selects Inovis to Manage Retail Supply Chain Communications

09/16/2009 -

Affliction Clothing, a premier clothing line for rock bands, celebrities and athletes including mixed martial artists, has selected Inovis' Value Added Network (VAN) and Master Data Management (MDM) solutions to standardize its supply chain communication.

Tharo's XML Systems Offer A Solution For Printing RFID Labels, Bar Codes

09/09/2009 -

Tharo Systems announced the availability of its "EASYLABEL" XML (Extensible Markup Language) enabled enterprise systems for printing bar codes and RFID labels.

SAP Offering New IT Implementation Services Specifically For Apparel And Footwear

09/04/2009 -

The new "Fast Track" implementation services from SAP America are designed to deliver bundled business processes and consulting designed to provide shorter time to value.

Avery Dennison Solution Helps Fulfill CPSIA Demands, Offers Online Data Management

08/26/2009 -

A new labeling solution that allows manufacturers to fulfill U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements for product tracking, and then manage the tracking data online, is now available from Avery Dennison.

Brother Installs First GT-782 White Ink Capable Dual Platen Garment Printer

08/14/2009 -

The Brother International Corporation Industrial Products Division announced it has installed the first GT-782 white ink capable dual platen garment printer.

Macpherson Meistergram Signs Distribution Agreement with Pantograms Manufacturing

08/12/2009 -

Its new a new agreement with Macpherson Meistergram gives Pantograms the exclusive rights to distribute Meistergram embroidery machines in the United States and Canada.

Sourcing & Logistics: In Brief:

Mauritius Apparel Sector Focuses on Sustainability

10/08/2009 -

A shrinking economy that has left in its wake many shuttered factories and unemployed workers around the globe has spurred a concerted effort among the members of Mauritius' apparel industry to demonstrate to potential sourcing partners that Mauritius offers benefits over other manufacturing locales, say producers from that country, a number of whom exhibited at the recent TexWorld USA show in New York City.

Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:

TEXbase Launches Color Management Tool

10/08/2009 -

TEXbase has released a comprehensive data management tool to streamline the color approval process.

WFX Launches 'PLM for Charity' Initiative

10/08/2009 -

WFXonDemand.com has launched a charity initiative to help support the education of underprivileged children in India, where WFX' R&D center is located.

Belk Signs With TradeStone Software To Build On Its Private Label Success

08/06/2009 -

TradeStone Software, a provider of private-label and global sourcing solutions for the retail industry, announced on Tuesday that Belk has signed an agreement to use TradeStone's Merchandise Lifecycle Management suite of software solutions to help enhance the performance of its growing private label program.

Fiber-to-Fabric: Case Study:

The ExOfficio Member of the Performance Apparel Industry

10/08/2009 - Michael D. Cole

Armed with the mantra, "Change You Can Believe In," ExOfficio touts a mission to revolutionize what we are wearing in the outdoors and on the go, with technological innovations including bug-repellant outerwear to protect from dangerous diseases and antimicrobial fast-dry underwear that can be worn all week long - without offending.

Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:

Cotton Incorporated Launches New Sustainability-oriented Web Sites

10/08/2009 -

Cotton Incorporated, the research and marketing company for U.S. cotton, has gone live with two sustainability-oriented web sites: Cotton Today

Eco-Panda Launches Eco-Friendly Swimwear

10/08/2009 -

Eco-Panda has launched a line of "eco-chic" swimwear manufactured from MIPAN regen post-consumer recycled nylon, in a process that the company reports equates to a 27 percent reduction in use of natural petroleum, and a 28 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, vs. using non-recycled nylon.

Propper Awards TenCate Defense & Tactical $13M Order for Uniforms

10/08/2009 -

TenCate Defense & Tactical, based in Union City, GA, has received a new $13 million order for TenCate Defender M fabric from Propper International, based in St. Charles, Missouri, for the manufacture of uniforms for the U.S. Marine Corp's Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) program

AATCC Offers Standardized Moisture Management Test Method

08/12/2009 -

The standardized AATCC Test Method (TM) 195-2009, Liquid Moisture Management Properties of Textile Fabrics, is now available from AATCC.

Issue Article:

Straight Talk About Item-Level RFID

10/07/2009 -

Apparel's 3rd RFID Report examines the true state of retail adoption in North America, identifying reasons for its gradual adoption, taking a look at why RFID is important for your business - and suggesting that it is nearing a tipping point to explosive growth.

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